Outwardly from Earth’s Center

Rosa Barba

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Staff Picks Outwardly from Earth’s Center
Rosa Barba

22 Minutes

Staff Picks

November 1-30, 2023

Outwardly from Earth’s Center is a fictitious narrative about a society on an unstable piece of land that is in danger of disappearing. The situation requires the population’s collective initiative in order to secure their survival both as a society and as individuals. The fictional setting is reference to Gotska Sandön, a Swedish island north of Gotland in the Baltic Sea that moves by approximately one meter each year. Fictitious reports by experts draw a surrealist picture of the phenomenon. The experience of what might at first seem to be a beautiful documentary develops into a more abstract and slightly absurd picture of the inhabitants’ struggles and vulnerability.

Presented as the November 2023 edition of e-flux Film’s monthly series Staff Picks.

This edition of e-flux Staff Picks is co-presented by the Jonas Mekas Estate and Re:Voir.

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Rosa Barba is an artist and filmmaker who balances conceptualism with a distinctly personal vision in her work. She merges films, sculptures, installations, live performances, text pieces, and publications that are grounded in the material and conceptual qualities of cinema. Her film works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative, and are indeterminately situated in time. They often focus on natural landscapes and human interventions in the environment, and probe into the relationship between historical record, personal anecdote, and filmic representation. Barba’s work has been exhibited at institutions and biennials worldwide. She holds a professorship in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Bremen.


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